Different uses for voting
need different types of voting.
The evolution of democracy speeds up during eras such as The Enlightenment, when many people rejected blind faith, obedience, and ideology for the hard mental work of rationalism, skepticism and empiricism. Here is one outstanding example.
“Wholly a man of the Enlightenment, an advocate of economic freedom, religious toleration, legal and educational reform, and the abolition of slavery, Condorcet sought to extend the empire of reason to social affairs. Rather than elucidate human behaviour, as had been done thus far, by recourse to either the moral or physical sciences, he sought to explain it by a merger of the two sciences that eventually became transmuted into the discipline of sociology.”
H. B. Acton
“No criterion for evaluating voting systems appears more persuasive than that by the Marquis de Condorcet.”
“All variants of democratic theory endow a Condorcet winner with a certain degree of legitimacy, and such a mandate is no doubt a vital ingredient in the subsequent career of the winner.”
Chamberlin, Cohen, and Coombs, 1984
“He is known for the Condorcet Paradox which points out that it is possible that a majority prefers option A over option B, a majority prefers option B over option C, and yet a majority prefers option C over option A.” (A mathematician would say "majority prefers" is not transitive.)
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